Kansas Democratic Leaders Propose 'Buy America' Law

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature are proposing a law to require state agencies to use goods from American manufacturers.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis announced the initiative Thursday at a news conference in Kansas City, Kan. They planned similar events in Topeka and Wichita, and all of them were at the headquarters of local labor unions.

They said they'll pursue the proposal during next year's legislative session and believe that it would create new manufacturing jobs.

The proposal comes less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

Gov. Sam Brownback and fellow Republicans are touting massive income tax cuts enacted this year as a way to create new jobs. Democrats contend the reductions will lead to big budget cuts.